$3.84 million pledged to equip 57,000-square-foot facility opening in 2017
Seattle animal lovers showed their fondness for four-legged furry friends by generously donating $4.26 million at Seattle Humane’s 27th annual “Tuxes & Tails” auction and fundraiser held at the Bellevue Hyatt Regency on Saturday, May 7.
The special “Fund-A-Need” project was the highlight of the annual gala and raised $3.84 million for Seattle Humane’s Capital Campaign – named “Animal People Can” – to equip a new 57,000-square-foot shelter, adoption center and veterinary teaching hospital scheduled for construction on its campus in Bellevue. Over $27 million has been raised since Animal People Can was launched in 2014.
A silent and live auction, featuring one-of-a-kind experiences such as dinner at Canlis with friends Seahawks kicker Steve Hauschka and former Sounders goalkeeper Kasey Keller, brought in $420,000 with those funds dedicated to the direct care of the animals at Seattle Humane.
After completing phase one fundraising for Animal People Can, Seattle Humane is ready to begin construction of a $30 million animal shelter, adoption center and veterinary teaching hospital that will be capable of placing 10,000 pets per year.
“Now it’s time to fill the building,” said CEO David Loewe. “These extraordinary funds raised tonight from our Fund-A-Need project will provide equipment needed to keep dogs, cats, and small animals happy and healthy during their stay with us as well as make the shelter a warm and welcoming environment for the public.”
The equipment includes x-ray machines, anesthesia and dental machines, caging for dog kennels and cat cubbies, and materials for building separate surgery, ICU, recovery, and isolation areas.
Tuxes & Tails guests received a surprise announcement during the Fund a Need portion of the evening: a $1 million match by philanthropists Jim and Bet Schuler, long-time supporters of Seattle Humane.
Seattle Humane has been saving animals and completing families since 1897, and the impact has been tremendous. In 2015, Seattle Humane placed 7,000 pets into loving homes, rescued more than 4,500 pets from other shelters, and spayed and neutered 1,200 pets belonging to low-income families, all while achieving a 98.3 percent life-saving rate, one of the highest in the nation. The new shelter, slated to open next summer, will allow Seattle Humane to place 10,000 animals each year, and spay and neuter over 7,000 pets each year.
“We are so grateful for the support of our generous donors at tonight’s event,” said Loewe. “We invite everyone in our animal loving community to join us in our mission to save more lives!”